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Lone Star Racing’s Mike Skeen, Scott Heckert Snatch VIR SprintX Victory

2018 VIR PWC Mike Skeen Car Rick Dole Photos

(Photo: Rick Dole Photos)

Lone Star Racing’s Mike Skeen was able to take the overall lead away from K-PAX Racing’s Rodrigo Baptista with less than two laps to go on Sunday (April 29).  From there, Skeen was able to pull away to give himself and teammate Scott Heckert a well-deserved victory. “For me, it was just trying to hunt …

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Rodrigo Baptista, Maxime Soulet Claim VIR SprintX Race No. 1 Victory

2018 VIR PWC Rodrigo Baptista Car WC Vision

(Photo: WC VIsion)

In a rare instance, the Pro-Am pairing of Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet claimed overall victory in GT SprintX Race No. 1 at VIRginia International Raceway on Saturday.  Baptista was able to get past pole sitter Daniel Morad on lap 9 and pulled away from the pack.  From there, Baptista and Soulet spanked the field, …

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Daniel Morad Wins GT SprintX Race No. 1 Pole at VIR

2017 Lime Rock PWC Daniel Morad Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

CRP Racing’s Daniel Morad claimed the overall pole Saturday morning (April 28) for today’s first GT SprintX race of the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.  Morad’s lap of 101.953 seconds (115.465 mph) is an official track qualifying record for the GT class and a full second faster than anyone went in practice on Friday. Morad’s …

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Entry List: Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas

2017 COTA PWC Daniel Mancinelli Car WC Vision

(Photo: WC Vision)

For Pirelli World Challenge’s first SprintX weekend of the year, 103 entries have posted in the various classes.  While the number is down from last year, it is a true 103 cars.  Last year saw multiple teams listed more than once due to the weekend schedule. In the main SprintX races, there will be 20 …

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Martin Fuentes Returns to PWC, Caesar Bacarella Joins for Sprint-X

2018 Fiorano Martin Fuentes Car Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas

(Photo: Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas)

On Friday afternoon, Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas announced that they will compete full-time in Pirelli World Challenge in 2018.  Friday saw the unveiling of their new No. 07 Ferrari 488 GT3.  For the Sprint races, the car will be driven by Martin Fuentes, 2016 GTA class champion.  For the Sprint-X races, Fuentes will be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Pulls No Punches With NASCAR Rivalries

2017 Phoenix II CUP pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Phoenix Raceway is a unique venue for NASCAR, one that is only going to become more unusual once ongoing renovations are complete.  Honestly, for the kind of money ISC is spending, I wish they came up with a setup where every seat had a cover over it.  With the sport traveling to Homestead-Miami Speedway this …

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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

2017 Phoenix NXS William Byron Checkered Flag Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

With 25 laps to go, it looked like William Byron wasn’t going to make it on fuel.  Shortly afterwards, Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall exiting turn 4 to bring out the yellow, which set up the final round of pit stops. Despite working with a somewhat makeshift pit crew, a two tire stop gave Byron …

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Ryan Blaney, William Byron Top Phoenix XFINITY Series Practices

2017 Phoenix NXS William Byron Car Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

On Friday, XFINITY Series teams took to the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway for two practice sessions.  William Byron was fastest overall for the day with a lap of 27.343 seconds (131.661 mph). Practice No. 1 In the early afternoon practice, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney was fastest with a lap of 27.404 seconds (131.368 mph).  Blaney’s …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Ticket Galaxy 200

2017 Texas II NXS Daniel Hemric Christopher Bell Jared C Tilton getty images for texas motor speedway

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads west this weekend to Phoenix International Raceway for the 19th annual Ticket Galaxy 200. It’s their final playoff race in the Round of 8 before the Championship 4 is set to battle for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There are 40 cars on the penultimate preliminary entry list, meaning the …

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